In 2016, there were 7,944 people who make up the tourism and hospitality workforce in Cairns, of this 51.7% worked full-time and 48.2% worked part-time or were away from work.
Tourism and hospitality are key industries in many parts of Australia, but it has not been well represented in economic profiles in the past due to the difficulty in defining it.
The tourism and hospitality industries are defined by the ABS not as regular industries but as a set of occupation categories working across a number of industries.
This page presents some key statistics for tourism and hospitality workers in Cairns with comparisons to benchmark areas. Tourism and hospitality data should be viewed in conjunction with the Industry sector analysis page for the accomodation sector, which has modelled estimates of the size of the industry on an annual basis. The Employment locations page will show where accommodation activity is taking place and the Local workers section will reveal the characteristics of accommodation workers.
Please note: Due to a change in the occupation classification, Tourism and Hospitality occupation data are currently only available from the 2016 Census.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 – by place of work
- Key Statistics
|Value of tourism and hospitality|
|Measure||Cairns||% of total industry||FNQROC%||Cairns as % of FNQROC|
|15 to 24 years||1,753||22.1||21.7||18.4|
|25 to 44 years||3,776||47.5||44.4||13.0|
|45 to 54 Years||1,349||17.0||17.9||8.8|
|55 to 64 Years||845||10.6||12.3||8.0|
|65 years and over||221||2.8||3.7||7.6|
|Away from work||383||4.8||5.0||11.0|
|Bachelor or higher degree||1,072||13.5||13.0||6.8|
|Advanced diploma or diploma||1,070||13.5||12.2||13.2|
|Birthplace not stated||81||1.0||1.4||9.6|
|Speaks a language other than English||2,424||30.5||24.7||26.4|
|Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander||341||4.3||4.6||10.0|
|Less than $500||2,091||26.3||27.9||18.6|
|$1,750 or more||320||4.0||3.4||3.6|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016. Compiled and presented by .id informed decisions.Please refer to specific data notes for more information